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US Inflation Runs Cooler Than Forecast, Easing Pressure on Fed

  • Consumer prices rose 8.5% from year ago, easing from June high
  • Drop in gas prices drove much of July miss; food still rising
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US Inflation Cools More Than Forecast as Gasoline Price Drops
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US inflation decelerated in July by more than expected, reflecting lower energy prices, which may take some pressure off the Federal Reserve to continue aggressively hiking interest rates.

The consumer price index increased 8.5% from a year earlier, cooling from the 9.1% June advance that was the largest in four decades, Labor Department data showed Wednesday. Prices were unchanged from the prior month. A decline in gasoline offset increases in food and shelter costs.